Jim Reed
June Coloness
WLIW PBS 21: 1985-2000
WLIW21 Productions

Brainstormers was a long running quiz bowl for Long Island high schools.


Two Long Island high schools competed in each episode. There were three students from the school on each team who had to answer questions. The questions were given by category. Whoever had the most points at the end of the game were the winners.

Round 1: Toss UpEdit

The questions in this round were worth 10 points (later 3) with no point deductions for incorrect answers. The contestants had to signal to respond/answer. Missed questions would be offered to the opposing team. Conferring was not allowed in this round.

Round 2: DoublesEdit

Same as the first round. If the first question was answered correctly, a second question would be given. Teams were allowed to confer on the doubles, but the captain was the only one who could answer.

At the end of the first or second round (depending on the season), a three-part bonus question was asked. When Jim Reed was the moderator, the question came at the end of the second round, and each part was worth 10 points. When June Coloness was the moderator, the question came at the end of the first round, and each part was worth 3 points.

Round 3: Alternating RoundEdit

The first question went to the team with the lowest score. Unlike the first two rounds, incorrect answers deducted 5 points (later 3). The round lasted for three minutes.

Final Round: Rapid ResponseEdit

The contestants had answer the questions in a quick manner. No categories were read by Reed or Coloness. The point value for each correct answer was 20 points (later 5). If it was wrong, the team lost 10 (later 5). The round lasted for two minutes.

The team with the most points at the end of the game became the champion and moved on in the tournament. The winning team of each match would receive scholarships provided by the New York Institute of Technology, champions of each county would receive a Webster's Dictionary and a plaque, and Grand Champions of the season would receive a complete set of the Encyclopedia Britannica and a trophy. In later seasons, each member of the winning team received the same plaque and trophy. Later on the scholarships were only awarded to the Grand Champions.


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YouTube VideosEdit

Full EpisodesEdit

Jim Reed episode

June Coloness episode

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